Daily Archives: July 30, 2021

Movie Review: Matt Damon wants to prove “Stillwater” runs deep

Matt Damon makes a most convincing Oklahoman in a china shop in “Stillwater,” co-writer/director Tom McCarthy’s wholly fictional tale of an American coed locked up by a European justice system and the father who tries to help. The story resembles … Continue reading

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Let’s see “Stillwater” in Winston Salem’s arthouse, shall we?

Focus Features didn’t make this available to me pre release, the fraidy cats. So I’m catching it on the fly in an artsy cinema in the artsiest city I ever lived in, Winston Salem NC. It’s been a long time … Continue reading

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Netflixable? JCVD goes “Oui, oui Wheeeee” as “The Last Mercenary”

This, my friends, is the way to walk off into the action hero sunset. Jean-Claude Van Damme, kicking ass and doing splits, donning disguises and having a few laughs at his own expense. Pontificating like a pugilist/prophet, a sage for … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A pre-med student is called back to his Ghana village — “Nakom”

The tug of the old life struggles with the promise of the new in “Nakom,” a neorealist Ghanian drama made by a couple of American filmmakers. The debut feature of co-directors Kelly Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman may tell a … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Peckinpah’s first feature, “The Deadly Companions” (1961)

In the late 1950s, the golden age of the TV Western, Sam Peckinpah was a TV writer and sometime director whose scripts scripts stood out thanks to their hard, unconventional and unsentimental edge. In 1960-61, the future director of “Ride … Continue reading

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